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Cream Puff Warriors

Tue., Sept. 25, 8 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center


773-404-9494

Dos Santos, Eternals Sextet

Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center


773-404-9494

Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Black Bear Combo

Thu., Sept. 27, 9 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center


773-404-9494

Lincoln Lodge

Open run: Fri and Sat, 8 PM
Lincoln Lodge 956 W. Newport, Chicago North Center


For close to 15 years, one of Chicago's best comedy clubs wasn't even in a club. It was in the back of the Lincoln Restaurant, a modest diner in North Center where the Lincoln Lodge, the successful indie stand-up and variety show, set up shop. The restaurant's wood-paneled walls and curiously patterned carpets created a warm and welcoming experience not unlike watching a comedy show at your grandma's house. Lest this environment sound too safe, the show itself is known for its edge. The house cast, which currently features promising up-and-comers Derek Smith and Rebecca O'Neil, boasts such alumni as Cameron Esposito and Kumail Nanjiani, while Kyle Kinane and Hannibal Buress were among the show's most frequent visitors until Hollywood came calling. Even now, the Lodge draws prominent headlining comedians—like Marc Maron and Eddie Pepitone—eager to perform for cheerful crowds untroubled by a two-drink minimum.

When the Lincoln Restaurant closed its doors in December, the Lincoln Lodge was without a home. Luckily, the Subterranean came calling. Located in the epicenter of Wicker Park and patronized by boozy youngsters, the SubT isn't as homey, but the Lodge has always had swagger, and the new digs reflect that. And the location is ideal for tracking down targets for Lincoln Lodge's live interview segment, which puts a comic out on the streets to interview unsuspecting passersby.

At the show I saw on March 14, genial host Marty DeRosa welcomed a mix of newer faces (Smith and fellow cast member Trey Brown) and old standbys (CPS teacher turned full-time comic Jeanie Doogan), all of whom were solid. Local legend Junior Stopka headlined the evening, and his irreverent ramblings and absurd non sequiturs were characteristically hilarious, enough to distract from the bass-heavy EDM show that was starting upstairs (some of the kinks are still being worked out, it seems). That lone drawback aside, the new era of the Lincoln Lodge is off to a strong start. —Drew Hunt 773-251-1539

Fruition, Daniel Rodriguez

Fri., Sept. 28, 9 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center

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The Blackout Diaries

Open run: Sat 10 PM
Lincoln Lodge 956 W. Newport, Chicago North Center


The gregarious Sean Flannery tells stories about adventures he's had inebriated out of his mind. He's joined each week by other comedians and the occasional layman—each with a drunken tale to tell. 773-251-1539

Lil Smokies, Upstate

Sat., Sept. 29, 9:30 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center


773-404-9494

Boundary Waters, Morning

Mon., Oct. 1, 8 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center


773-404-9494

Striking Matches

Thu., Oct. 11, 8 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center

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773-404-9494

Melodime

Sat., Oct. 27, 9 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center

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773-404-9494